February 2020

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February 2020

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Almanac February 2020

Feb 1  Average temps today: high 39º, low 25º. Sunrise: 7:24am. Sunset: 5:59pm. Feb 2  Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, live in Utah. The most common of the many species here …

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Astrology, Intuitive Arts, Spirituality & Mysticism

Seeing in the dark

Osho Zen Tarot:  Clinging to the Past, Maturity, Celebration Medicine Cards: Buffalo, Butterfly Mayan Oracle: Universal Movement, Harmonic Resonance, Organic Balance Ancient Egypti …

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Entertainment

Unresolved: Predictions for the new Roaring Twenties

If I had made any, most of my New Year’s resolutions would be dust by now. Resolutions sound too certain when most of the world is mostly conflicted and unresolved. I’ll limit my n …

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Alternative Therapies, Yoga

Baby backbends: Yoga’s unsung power poses

You won’t see them on Instagram. There are so many other backbends that look way more impressive on a sunset-drenched beach. In fact, they may barely register as backbends when you …

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Dance, Entertainment

African dream: How Congolese and West African dance came to Utah

If you go down to the Rose Wagner late on a Saturday morning, you can feel the vibration of African drums in the soles of your feet as soon as you walk through the door.  Inside th …

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Alternative Therapies, Heal

Breathe easy with botanicals

Nature has some answers for the season of colds and bad air. Can’t kick the cough? Chances are you’re one of many Wasatch Front residents struggling to breathe easy with poor air q …

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Energy, Environmental Politics, Transportation

Tier 3 fuels are here at last!

Doing your part to improve Utah’s air just got easier thanks to Tier 3 gasoline Over the last several years we’ve been hearing a lot about Tier 3 gasoline. It should play an import …

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Environmental Politics, Heal, Health

Smaller, deeper, deadlier

From PM10s to ultrafines, what particulate matter comes down to From the beginning of time, humans have lived with air pollution. With the discovery of fire we began to poison ours …

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Environmental Politics, Politics, Think

Utah’s 2020 legislative session is here

Here’s a peek at some environmental-related bills The end of January hails the beginning of the Utah state legislative session. For 45 days, till mid-March, 75 state legislators an …

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Garden, Local Harvest

Let’s get weird

Try something new and unusual in your garden this year! It’s a great time to be a human on planet Earth. Never before have we had so much access to so many new potential experience …

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Alternative Therapies, Heal, Health

Muladhara, the root chakra

Survival and security Location: near the base of the spine, in the perineum. Governs: our understanding of the physical world. Main issue: survival and security. Externalizes: as t …

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Environmental Politics, Think

Greta Thunberg should study economics.

And U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should study morals. Last month, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in response to a reporter’s question about whether Greta Thunber …

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Environmental Politics, Nature

Utah Environews

I think there’s a trap in loving that empty western possibility, especially when you don’t live in it all the time. That’s part of the deepening divide between urban and rural area …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Zion Narrows trail remains open

A popular hiking trail though Zion National Park remains open to the public thanks to a $1.5 million deal negotiated by the Trust for Public Lands and funded by the Land and Water …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Best Friends Animal Society saves the day

Activists in Kanab successfully beat back a plan by Southern Red Sands, LLC to open a 13,000-acre frac sand strip mine 10 miles north of town. The company had planned to start oper …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Steep rise in rafting, camping fees proposed

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office is planning to jack up recreation fees in order to maintain facilities and build new campgrounds. If approved, the per person …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Air Quality Road Map

At the request of the Utah Legislature, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah has prepared a report on strategies to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: 20 Utah communities commit to 100% renewable

At total of 20 Utah communities have committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030 under Utah’s Community Renewable Energy Act (2019). The Act set a deadline of December 2019 for comm …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Lawsuit targets federal lands leasing

WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility filed a lawsuit in January to challenge 2,067 oil and gas leases on 2 million acres of federal land in Colorado, Montan …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Trump attack on NEPA is anti-environmental, anti-democratic

The Trump admiration is trying to gut the law that puts the “public” in public lands management. The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is the foundation of environme …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: Update: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante

Lawsuits are moving forward to restore two Utah national monuments downsized by President Trump in 2017. Last October, the Trump administration tried and failed to dismiss the laws …

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Environmental Politics, Think

EnviroNews: U of U welcomes new chief sustainability officer

Kerry Case is the new Chief Sustainability Officer at the University of Utah. Case has led sustainability initiatives at Westminster College for 13 years and is ready to take on a …

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